Electronic music festival Emrg+N+See, now in its seventh year, is this weekend. A bunch of acts who’ve played in Bend — including our own SPL — are among the many worthy artists in Macleay, about 20 minutes outside of Salem.
There are a lot of reasons to make the 2 1/2-ish hour drive out to this festival. One is this shiny, happy promo video, Emrg+N+See Love Hype!, and here are just a few of the others:
LYNX and Janover, playing at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the main stage, are definitely worth checking out. This duo is made of a female MC (who beatboxes!) and a nationally renowned hammered dulcimer player. Good beats and airy melodies make for a pretty chilled-out, mostly downtempo experience. (Also check out LYNX with Kyrstyn Pixton at the Nectar Pot Stage, 2 a.m. Sunday — I have no predictions but Pixton is a formerly Portland-based, now San Francisco-based keyboardist with a great voice. She’s also playing at 4:30 a.m. Saturday at the D’Ohm Stage.)
Bend native SPL, a.k.a. Sam Pool, will be playing at 8 p.m. Saturday at the D’Ohm Stage. This producer has been, according to his bio, venturing recently into the “depths of dub-hop infused hyper-bass music,” making his show a “unique and highly energetic experience.” Listen local! (And eat local — DJ Smoke of Spork and The Grove fame will also be at Emrg-N-See with a Grove food booth.)
saQi Ensemble is playing at 9:30 p.m. Sunday. Classically-trained composer and trumpet player saQi of Portland will be backed probably by multi-instrumentalist Russ Liquid and Taylor Aglipay on guitar and sax. I’ve only seen him perform solo, but it was pretty funky with those horns over electronic sounds and beats. Likely to be dancey.
You can see the full schedule here. Who else is worth checking out? Leave your pitch in the comments.
(Disclosure: I am in a romantic relationship with one of the artists playing at Emrg+N+See this year.)